DEXTER: Impressed by its 4.9/5.0 rating on Zomato (otherwise only seen in fine dining places $200+), we ventured all the way out to Preston in a group of 8 to try this popular meat and bbq place. We were seated in the back section where there are long tables specifically for groups. The timber, reddish interior gave a pretty homely but edgy vibe and our waitress was really lovely! The only thing was that the wait times for the dishes took quite long, even for a busy Saturday night. SO LET’S GET STRAIGHT TO THE FOOD
(p.s. forgive the photos, the lighting was bad)
Meat Donuts – $4.5
The good fat: what a creative dish! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but surely it tasted like crispy, cinnamon donut on the outside filled with a spicy, zesty interior of pulled pork. I was pretty happy with the way all the flavours worked together, especially if you’re keen for an extra spicy dash of the sauce that was given.
The bad fat: I can’t quite put my finger on it, but the seasoning of the pulled meat inside was a little strange, quite spicy with an unusual undertone… but overall it was still tasty!
KFC (Kentucky Fried Cauliflower) – $9.0
The good fat: Another starter that we weren’t really sure what to expect but I was quite surprised at how good this tasted! The super flavoursome, crispy outer coating was the classic delciously salty and peppery KFC taste, that gets even better when you bite into the soft, tender centre of cauliflower. (especially if you’re already feeling way too guilty after all the meat)
The bad fat: portion size was a bit small for the price especially since cauliflower isn’t really expensive anyway…
1.1 kg Rib-Eye Steak with Bone Marrow Mash, Pickles and Salad – $98.0
This was one of the chef special’s and perfect for a big group! (Unless you feel like devouring 1.1kg by yourself hehe)
The good fat: a little while after we ordered, we only realised that they hadn’t asked us how we’d like the steak, but LUCKILY it was cooked medium rare to perfection. 1.1kg was a good portion size for sharing amongst the group. The steak was juicy and tender inside whilst being slightly charred on the edges. It cut apart beautifully. I was also a huge fan of the bone marrow mash – the mash was soft and tasty, and the savouriness of the sauce was an excitement to the palette.
The bad fat: There were a few large-ish chunks of fat inside.
Caramel Short Rib – $29.0
The good fat: I loved the short rib! It was soft, and melted apart like fairy floss in my mouth. The sweet caramel complemented the savoury meatiness perfectly. I definitely preferred this combination of flavours more than the steak as it gave me more of a wow factor. Once again, this came with more mash potato hehe
The bad fat: not enough!!
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES! If you’re looking for an affordable, hearty meal to satiate any carnivore cravings, why not make the drive out to Preston!
The only thing preventing me from giving it better ratings is that I wasn’t particularly wowed by any of the flavours, just pleasantly happy with my meal. (except my friend mentioned that the beef brisket burger was amazing so that’s on my future list to try!)